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Low-Sodium Herb-Rubbed Turkey Recipe

Low-Sodium Herb-Rubbed Turkey Recipe

If you're looking for a new twist on turkey, Ruby Bergschneider's recipe may just be the one. The Jacksonville, Illinois cook prepares a well-blended, salt-free rub that goes under the turkey skin. She removes the skin before eating, resulting in a low-fat entree. This recipe proves that you don't need a lot of salt for good flavor.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 2 hours + standing YIELD:28 servings


  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons rubbed sage
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 teaspoons pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon each ground allspice, ginger and mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 turkey-size oven roasting bag
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 2 small carrots, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 small potato, sliced
  • 1 turkey (14 pounds)
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons cold water


  • 1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a small bowl, mix garlic, herbs and spices until blended. Sprinkle flour into oven bag; shake to coat. Place bag in a roasting pan; add vegetables and sprinkle with 5 teaspoons herb mixture.
  • 2. Pat turkey dry. With fingers, carefully loosen skin from turkey breast; rub half of the remaining herb mixture under the skin. Secure skin to underside of breast with toothpicks. Rub remaining herb mixture over inside of turkey. Tuck wings under turkey; tie drumsticks together.
  • 3. Place turkey in bag over vegetables, breast side up; close bag with nylon tie. Cut six 1/2-in. slits in top of bag; close with tie provided. Bake 2 to 2-1/2 hours or until a thermometer inserted in thickest part of thigh reads 170°-175°.
  • 4. Remove turkey from oven bag to a serving platter; tent with foil. Let stand 20 minutes before carving. Strain contents of oven bag into a small saucepan, discarding vegetables; skim fat from cooking juices. In a small bowl, mix cornstarch and water until smooth; gradually whisk into cooking juices. Bring to a boil; cook and stir 2 minutes or until thickened. Serve with turkey. Yield: 28 servings.

Nutritional Facts

4 ounces cooked turkey (calculated without skin): 198 calories, 6g fat (2g saturated fat), 86mg cholesterol, 80mg sodium, 1g carbohydrate (0g sugars, 0g fiber), 33g protein Diabetic Exchanges: 4 lean meat.

Reviews for Low-Sodium Herb-Rubbed Turkey

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Dredie 144828
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2011

"I tried this yesterday and it was wonderful-thank you so much"

bevenator 114402
Reviewed Nov. 22, 2010

"I love using the bags. It keeps the turkey so moist and I've been adding these spices for years."

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Wine Pairings

Medium-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied white wine such as Riesling or Gewürtztraminer